Why is ACA Accreditation important?
American Camp Association (ACA) Accreditation assures parents that the camp has had a regular, independent safety audit that goes beyond regulations in most states. According to their site, ACA focuses on making sure camps provide:
- Camp communities committed to a safe, nurturing environment
- Caring, competent adult role models
- Healthy, developmentally appropriate experiences
- Service to the community and the natural world
- Opportunities for leadership and personal growth
- Discovery, experiential education, and learning opportunities
- Excellence and continuous self-improvement
ACA is voluntary, so even though many state and federal laws and regulations address basic sanitation and food service concerns, we at Camp Pocono Trails wanted to take this a step further by meeting ACA Standards as well. This is because ACA standards go a step further in addressing the specific areas of programming, personnel, health care and management practices. Separate standards are applied to activities such as aquatics, horseback riding, adventure activities, and travel and trip programs.
In order to gain ACA accreditation, Camp Pocono Trails has met or exceeded expectations with more than 25 prerequisite health and safety standards, in addition to more than 40 other standards in 10 operational areas that prove our camp is a safe and wonderful place for our campers.
ACA accreditation is the best evidence parents have of a camp’s commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for their children. This voluntary accreditation assures parents that camp practices have been measured against national standards and go a step beyond a state’s basic licensing requirements. Accreditation is based on a commitment by the camp to best practices.
Parents can (and should) verify the accreditation status of any camp at any time. This may be accomplished through ACA’s Web site at www.ACAcamps.org or by calling 1-800-428-CAMP.